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July-August 2003 Newsletter

Racing News

by Michael Seiler, VP Racing


As many of you may have heard, there has been a little change in the racing sector of the LBC. I have recently accepted the position as the VP of Racing for the LBC. The Racing teams have been set on a terrific course by past-VP of Racing Dave Stewart. Over the next few months I hope to continue his fine work and build on the momentum that he started.

Racing in Louisville has grown tremendously over the past few years. The Spring Classic Series and monthly time trial series are well attended and I continue to see new faces in Green jerseys. Later this summer, we are thrilled to have the USCF Masters Nationals Championships in Louisville. This will be great exposure for cycling in Louisville but I like to think of it as recognition for the history and tradition of the Louisville Bicycle Club.

This event will be a great opportunity to see some of the big guns of cycling up close. I encourage everyone to bring a friend to watch some of the action. It is a great way to introduce friends and family to the sport you love.

As with all events of this type, we can use all the helping hands to pull this off and make it an event to remember. No matter how much or how little time you have to give we can find a job for you. You can contact me or Dave Stewart directly to get involved.

This brings me to my final point: volunteerism. One of my goals is to instill the importance of giving back to the sport of cycling. Often, racers forget how they got where they are. We all started out in the back of the pack or in a touring club or somewhere else. For me, it was my older sisterís boyfriend who introduced me to the sport and then a college chum who taught me about racing.

Part of our responsibility as cyclists in general and racers in particular is to give back to the sport. We do this by leading club rides, volunteering at races, and helping others get involved in cycling. The only way we grow the sport (translation: have more races, have more prize money, etc.) is to start at the grass roots and build upon that.

Thanks for reading. Hope to see you on the roads.


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